Experiences with Henna?

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I did my first ever henna melt yesterday. My grey hair in the front is orange. lol. I only left it in for 40 minutes. I got nervous. My hair is sorta of dry today. Next time, I think I will prep my hair better the night before.
I used a different henna for the first time and am pleased with the results. I'm not for sure of the name. It came in a plastic jar and says imported by Baroody Imports. There is a long haired lady looking in the mirror. The only ingredient listed is henna powder and it is from Lebanon.
Anyway, I added EVOO, conditioner, honey, brewed black tea, brewed coffee, and just a little acv. I prepooed with EVoo using heat from a hooded dryer, shampoo with shikakai bar. Then aplied henna.
I let it sit for two hours then washed out. For me two hours is all I like to give henna bc I'm protein sensitive and when I have gone like 3 or 4 hours it took several dcs to get my hair back right. When I rinsed I noticed my grays were more reddish than my other henna which was coppery and very light stain. I like that I can get good coverage in a short time. My hair did feel dry but I had a less difficult time getting the moisture back in by dcing after. Also fairly easy to rinse out.
Update. Now that the color is settling in I am so glad I have dark hair. I love the color on my dark hair but my grays are orangy. Ugh!!
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I used my Hennasooq Yemeni henna for the first time. I can't say this is a fair review because I had some frozen Jamila mixed up that I had to use so I used half that and half Yemeni. I did notice a difference though b/w this and (BAQ) Jamila alone. I was surprised at how much it darkened my hair. I had used a mix of lemon water (lemon juice + water in a spray bottle) and leave-in condish several times a week for 2 weeks in anticipation of using henna. I did this because I expected henna would make my hair darker. Using henna over time has already darkened it a little, but I got darkness just from 1 application this time. I noticed the stain on my hands was much redder and darker than it was in the past. This is definitely deeper though I didn't get as much red from it as I expected. I also didn't notice it got my grays any better than Jamila which surprised me but I always have a hard time applying henna evenly. All in all, I'm pretty happy so far. I still want to use Jamila as an add-in because it's cheaper but I do want to use the Yemeni alone to see what it does. Maybe I'll try this flaxseed gel I read about here so I can better apply my henna. Will crushed flaxseeds work b/c that's all I can find? Or does anyone know where I can get flaxseed gel for not a ton of money? Thanks.
I used my Hennasooq Yemeni henna for the first time. I can't say this is a fair review because I had some frozen Jamila mixed up that I had to use so I used half that and half Yemeni. I did notice a difference though b/w this and (BAQ) Jamila alone. I was surprised at how much it darkened my hair. I had used a mix of lemon water (lemon juice + water in a spray bottle) and leave-in condish several times a week for 2 weeks in anticipation of using henna. I did this because I expected henna would make my hair darker. Using henna over time has already darkened it a little, but I got darkness just from 1 application this time. I noticed the stain on my hands was much redder and darker than it was in the past. This is definitely deeper though I didn't get as much red from it as I expected. I also didn't notice it got my grays any better than Jamila which surprised me but I always have a hard time applying henna evenly. All in all, I'm pretty happy so far. I still want to use Jamila as an add-in because it's cheaper but I do want to use the Yemeni alone to see what it does. Maybe I'll try this flaxseed gel I read about here so I can better apply my henna. Will crushed flaxseeds work b/c that's all I can find? Or does anyone know where I can get flaxseed gel for not a ton of money? Thanks.
Originally Posted by Blackbanjogirl
DO NOT try to make flaxseed gel from milled flaxseed. It is an absolute disaster. Don't ask me how I know. I bought some once from a lady on Etsy. I forgot the company's name. Did you go to health food store? That is where I buy my seeds.
I used my Hennasooq Yemeni henna for the first time. I can't say this is a fair review because I had some frozen Jamila mixed up that I had to use so I used half that and half Yemeni. I did notice a difference though b/w this and (BAQ) Jamila alone. I was surprised at how much it darkened my hair. I had used a mix of lemon water (lemon juice + water in a spray bottle) and leave-in condish several times a week for 2 weeks in anticipation of using henna. I did this because I expected henna would make my hair darker. Using henna over time has already darkened it a little, but I got darkness just from 1 application this time. I noticed the stain on my hands was much redder and darker than it was in the past. This is definitely deeper though I didn't get as much red from it as I expected. I also didn't notice it got my grays any better than Jamila which surprised me but I always have a hard time applying henna evenly. All in all, I'm pretty happy so far. I still want to use Jamila as an add-in because it's cheaper but I do want to use the Yemeni alone to see what it does. Maybe I'll try this flaxseed gel I read about here so I can better apply my henna. Will crushed flaxseeds work b/c that's all I can find? Or does anyone know where I can get flaxseed gel for not a ton of money? Thanks.
Originally Posted by Blackbanjogirl
Do you normally used frozen henna? Because simply using frozen, pre-mixed henna will result in a much darker stain (in my experience).
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Adthomas, I'll take your word for it! I'm not sure I want to attempt making my own anyway even though people say it's easy to do. I think I'll just try to do a more careful job of applying it. Thanks!

Jo, it's only been recently that I've been using frozen henna. I'll make a big batch and save 1/2 of it because I've heard the stain is better that way. I figured it would be redder not darker. I guess that's why my hair is getting so dark from henna lately. Thanks for the info!
Adthomas, I'll take your word for it! I'm not sure I want to attempt making my own anyway even though people say it's easy to do. I think I'll just try to do a more careful job of applying it. Thanks!

Jo, it's only been recently that I've been using frozen henna. I'll make a big batch and save 1/2 of it because I've heard the stain is better that way. I figured it would be redder not darker. I guess that's why my hair is getting so dark from henna lately. Thanks for the info!
Originally Posted by Blackbanjogirl
It is easy if you buy a strainer but I didn't want to try it at first either. I will look up the company i bought it from on Etsy and get back to you.
Adthomas, I'll take your word for it! I'm not sure I want to attempt making my own anyway even though people say it's easy to do. I think I'll just try to do a more careful job of applying it. Thanks!

Jo, it's only been recently that I've been using frozen henna. I'll make a big batch and save 1/2 of it because I've heard the stain is better that way. I figured it would be redder not darker. I guess that's why my hair is getting so dark from henna lately. Thanks for the info!
Originally Posted by Blackbanjogirl
I recently started using frozen henna and I noticed that my hair is darker. I like it darker! My greys turn burgandyish vs orange- I like it! I've only been using at the temple areas and front (where the grays are) and those areas appear darker.
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Adthomas, I'll take your word for it! I'm not sure I want to attempt making my own anyway even though people say it's easy to do. I think I'll just try to do a more careful job of applying it. Thanks!

Jo, it's only been recently that I've been using frozen henna. I'll make a big batch and save 1/2 of it because I've heard the stain is better that way. I figured it would be redder not darker. I guess that's why my hair is getting so dark from henna lately. Thanks for the info!
Originally Posted by Blackbanjogirl
I recently started using frozen henna and I noticed that my hair is darker. I like it darker! My greys turn burgandyish vs orange- I like it! I've only been using at the temple areas and front (where the grays are) and those areas appear darker.
Originally Posted by Umph
I'm going to try freezing because my grays came out orange this last time.
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Adthomas, I'll take your word for it! I'm not sure I want to attempt making my own anyway even though people say it's easy to do. I think I'll just try to do a more careful job of applying it. Thanks!

Jo, it's only been recently that I've been using frozen henna. I'll make a big batch and save 1/2 of it because I've heard the stain is better that way. I figured it would be redder not darker. I guess that's why my hair is getting so dark from henna lately. Thanks for the info!
Originally Posted by Blackbanjogirl
It is easy if you buy a strainer but I didn't want to try it at first either. I will look up the company i bought it from on Etsy and get back to you.
Originally Posted by adthomas
Thank you! You're sweet to do that. I meant to check Etsy this weekend but haven't been online much. I would like to try some. Will check around now and if you find that yes please let me know, adthomas! Thanks, again!
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Adthomas, I'll take your word for it! I'm not sure I want to attempt making my own anyway even though people say it's easy to do. I think I'll just try to do a more careful job of applying it. Thanks!

Jo, it's only been recently that I've been using frozen henna. I'll make a big batch and save 1/2 of it because I've heard the stain is better that way. I figured it would be redder not darker. I guess that's why my hair is getting so dark from henna lately. Thanks for the info!
Originally Posted by Blackbanjogirl
I recently started using frozen henna and I noticed that my hair is darker. I like it darker! My greys turn burgandyish vs orange- I like it! I've only been using at the temple areas and front (where the grays are) and those areas appear darker.
Originally Posted by Umph
I'm going to try freezing because my grays came out orange this last time.
Originally Posted by adthomas
Mine still always turn orange, like shiny orange so you can still tell they're gray hairs. Once I get multiple applications on them, though, they tend to at least go darker so they're not as visibly shiny orange but they're still... shiny orange. I've heard Red Raj goes more burgundy. I have some that I'm anxious to try but I still have Yemeni/Jamila in the freezer I have to work through.
I recently started using frozen henna and I noticed that my hair is darker. I like it darker! My greys turn burgandyish vs orange- I like it! I've only been using at the temple areas and front (where the grays are) and those areas appear darker.
Originally Posted by Umph
I'm going to try freezing because my grays came out orange this last time.
Originally Posted by adthomas
Mine still always turn orange, like shiny orange so you can still tell they're gray hairs. Once I get multiple applications on them, though, they tend to at least go darker so they're not as visibly shiny orange but they're still... shiny orange. I've heard Red Raj goes more burgundy. I have some that I'm anxious to try but I still have Yemeni/Jamila in the freezer I have to work through.
Originally Posted by Blackbanjogirl
red raj is what I've been using and yes my grays are less orange- red raj tends to be drying so moisturize, moisturize, moisturize.
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JULY 2010 FROM STRAIGHT TO KINKY
doing my own thing... the mention of salon's make me
Jamila brand HENNA IS MY NEW LOVE!
CO, Elucene brand moisturizing shampoo/ moisturizing conditioners, AVJ/ACV rinses are in my arsenal of staple products. My hair DOES like silicones... Organix Argan Oil is a keeper.
OK ladies.. need your help... Ive been wanting to try this for some time.. I purchased henna gloss but I dont think I left it in long enough and this time I want to try some color...problem... I have about 5 different textures and there is a largo circle of extremely loose curls and waves RIGHT on top... like temple to temple and reaches to crown..... about a 3c in the front.. its not heat damage loose bc its the same in my baby pictures and I have only flat ironed twice since I went natural... while the rest is a 4a-4b range...

I want to do henna but im having this sinking feeling that if I do a wash and go, after i rinse it out the front of my hair will have hennad ( henna'd? ) darn near bone straight and then all styles will look horribly off... help?
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OK ladies.. need your help... Ive been wanting to try this for some time.. I purchased henna gloss but I dont think I left it in long enough and this time I want to try some color...problem... I have about 5 different textures and there is a largo circle of extremely loose curls and waves RIGHT on top... like temple to temple and reaches to crown..... about a 3c in the front.. its not heat damage loose bc its the same in my baby pictures and I have only flat ironed twice since I went natural... while the rest is a 4a-4b range...

I want to do henna but im having this sinking feeling that if I do a wash and go, after i rinse it out the front of my hair will have hennad ( henna'd? ) darn near bone straight and then all styles will look horribly off... help?
Originally Posted by FabledBeauty
I have loose strands at my crown area too BUT my shrinkage is off the chain! so therefore it is not an issue for me, how well does your hair shrink with wng? Personally I prefer twist-outs vs wng due to major shrinkage. hth
JULY 2010 FROM STRAIGHT TO KINKY
doing my own thing... the mention of salon's make me
Jamila brand HENNA IS MY NEW LOVE!
CO, Elucene brand moisturizing shampoo/ moisturizing conditioners, AVJ/ACV rinses are in my arsenal of staple products. My hair DOES like silicones... Organix Argan Oil is a keeper.
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I don't think henna will straighten your hair - not permanently, anyway. Some curlies report a loosening of curls, but I've never really experienced this. Nupur was the only brand I've used that gave me any temporary straightening, and I stay away from that one. I'm not sure it even has any real henna in it at all.
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I experienced no curl loosening with Jamila but it makes my hair so dry! I've been using henna for about a year now so I'm not expert but I prefer henna from India - Rajasthani region - Red Raj and Rajasthani Twilight. I've tried Nupur but mixed with Jamila so I can't really judge it. It has amla in the mix so that may help people get darker tones.

I would like to try the Moroccan & Yemeni henna soon from Hennasooq! But with the crazy political situation in the Middle East according to the news, I'm not sure if it will be available again anytime soon. I also read that its not good to freeze Moroccan henna.

It seems like my hair is softer and looks thicker after using it. When I first used Twilight, it seems as if my hair itched but I'm not sure if it was because I didn't rinse properly. After the dryness I experienced from Jamila, I started to add honey to my mix and its like heaven! Easy rinse and softer hair!

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Quick question: Is there a time limit to how long thawed henna can sit out? I thawed a batch of henna, and did not end up using it all. I left it out overnight before putting it back in the freezer b/c my dad was sleeping downstairs. Did not want to disturb him. Is the henna still good? Thanks.
Hi everybody! Longtime lurker (~1.5 yrs), first time poster (yay ). My question is this: Do henna treatments change hair porosity? From what I've read, the dye coats the hair shaft, but will the dye keep the cutlicle layer closed? Will this change what I have to do to keep my hair moisturized? I've finally learned how to keep my hair moisturized but, I am considering doing henna treatments to cover my gray strands since they are becoming more noticeable to me. Any words of wisdom would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Originally Posted by CurleeLadeeTee
Not in my experience, no. I haven't had to change anything since my henna treatments. Henna does help "smooth" the hair and keep moisture in the hair, but it's not so drastic as to change your porosity from high to low. If you're in the middle, you will still be in the middle. If you are high, you might notice that your hair holds on to moisture more easily. I find it highly unlikely that you will have to change your entire routine or anything like that.

As always, everyone's hair is different. That's just been my experience.
Originally Posted by Saila
I've been wondering about henna changing my hair's porosity as well. Heavier products (e.g. with more butters) now just "sit" on it... I love henna, but I'm wondering if I should look into routines of low-porosity curlies and test.

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Quick question: Is there a time limit to how long thawed henna can sit out? I thawed a batch of henna, and did not end up using it all. I left it out overnight before putting it back in the freezer b/c my dad was sleeping downstairs. Did not want to disturb him. Is the henna still good? Thanks.
Originally Posted by Blackbanjogirl
There probably is but I left henna out for a few days and used it no problem. Mine had never been frozen though.

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